It’s days like yesterday, spent in bedroom isolation recovering from a wicked flu, when an intern would come in handy to refresh Beerleaguer with breaking Eric Bruntlett and Anderson Garcia news.
Bruntlett and the Phillies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $600,000 contract yesterday. The 29-year-old utility infielder had reportedly been asking for $800,000. The Phils offered $550,000.
Roster move: If you picked Anderson Garcia to be the unlucky soul to get pushed off the 40-man roster to make room for Pedro Feliz, you are the big winner today. The 26-year-old right-hander, who earned a cup of coffee with the club just before the all-star break, has been designated for assignment. The reliever spent most of 2007 in Triple-A Ottawa, where he went 1-5 with a 4.98 ERA over 59 2-3 innings. Like the rest of us, he doesn’t have a Major League future.
Update from Down Under: Ever since I moved my e-mail address higher on the page, I’ve been getting twice as much correspondence, most recently, a request for contact information for Phillies partial owner John C. Middleton. To whom it may concern, I have no clue how to reach him.
The other day, I received a memo from Kevin Parry of Victoria, Australia with a Travis Blackley and Brad Harman update; both are Australian and playing in some tournament down there. Last Saturday, Blackley threw six shutout innings, including seven strikeouts, in Victoria’s game against South Australia. Also in the three-game series, Harman picked up six hits, including a home run.